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Coast Guard to simulate oil spill in southeast Va.

Tuesday - 3/20/2012, 1:17pm  ET

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard plans to conduct an exercise involving a simulated oil spill at its Portsmouth base.

The service's Portsmouth office says the effort that starts Tuesday will involve active duty, reserve and auxiliary Coast Guard members. Auxiliary boat crews plan to place several hundred feet of containment boom to secure pollution from a theoretical spill in Craney Island Creek.

The Coast Guard is using the two-day event to evaluate plans and procedures for deploying reserve members from Coast Guard districts nationwide to respond to potential maritime incidents.

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